Reading & Writing Tools

6 Creative Tools for Project-Based Learning

Project-based learning is more than just a buzzword. When thoughtfully integrated into instruction, it provides a vehicle for students to explore new concepts and apply their new knowledge. At its core, project-based learning asks students to research as they address a question or investigate a solution to a problem. There are lots of creative tools […]

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Movie Making Activities for Reading Classrooms – Easy EdTech Podcast 051

In this episode, you’ll learn about movie-making projects you can use to showcase learning and cultivate creativity for your student readers. You’ll also hear about favorite EdTech resources and I’ll talk about my free planning pages to help make your video activities a success! I can’t wait for you to check out these activities for […]

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Ways to Support Student Writers With & Without Technology

There are so many ways to support student writers in your classroom. Whether you’re working with first graders or first-year high school students, there are strategies that support students — both with and without technology. In this blog post, I’m so excited to share some actionable strategies for classrooms looking to balance digital tools with […]

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7 New EdTech Tools Worth Exploring

Where do you go when you want to learn about new EdTech tools? From checking out new blog posts (like this one!) to searching hashtags on social media, there are lots of ways to learn about new EdTech tools. When I attend a conference, I also stay on the lookout for companies that have just […]

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Where To Find Educational Videos for Students

Have you ever held your fingers over the record button of a VCR to capture the exact moment something was about to happen on a television show? For many students (and younger teachers) this concept is entirely foreign. The stress and excitement of recording the perfect clip on a blank videotape are totally lost on […]

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How To Use Explainer Videos in Your Classroom – Easy EdTech Podcast 002

In this episode I share twenty five ways to use explainer videos with students. You’ll hear how this medium can provide background knowledge, grab students’ attention and act as an exemplar for their own creations! Subscribe to the podcast on your favorite platform: iTunes/Podcast App Google Play Stitcher Spotify So let’s make this EdTech easy… […]

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Help Student Writers Practice and Grow with Writable

One of the highlights of my work is talking shop with other educators who are passionate about the power of technology in education. Earlier this month I chatted with Dr. Troy Hicks, a Professor of English & Education at Central Michigan University. We spoke about the world of literacy and EdTech. Dr. Hicks mentioned his […]

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7 Classroom Activities for the Alphabet Legends Books

You might have heard the buzz in a Facebook post shared by a friend or a picture in your Instagram feed. Well, last year I connected with the folks behind the Alphabet Legends series. They even gave me a book to giveaway on my own Instagram page. I’m so excited to share a few ways […]

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Read Aloud Videos and Teacher Guides from Storyline Online

Over the past few years, I’ve had the chance to speak at a variety of literacy conferences. From Nebraska to Maryland, Orlando to Austin, I’ve shared strategies for integrating digital tools into the classroom and favorite online resources for educators. High on my list of favorite resources is Storyline Online. If you haven’t heard of […]

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Spark Your Students’ Creativity with These Reading Activities

At a conference in Arizona this week, I shared favorite online resources for readers. Although I highlighted popular content consumption tools for readers, like EPIC!, Newsela, and Scholastic News, I also focused on creation in the reading classroom. Readers can access news articles, blog posts, videos and ebooks easier than ever. It’s wild to think […]

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